Probation: Adult and Realignment Services (3227P)

Program Outcome Statement

Enhance public safety  and reduce recidivism through collaborative efforts in specialized supervision and enforcement of probation conditions while supporting the Court's effort to impose appropriate sentences. 

Program Services

  • Computer Assisted Supervision
  • AB109 Supervision
  • Domestic Violence Supervision
  • Gang Supervision Unit
  • Intensive Supervision
  • Investigation Services
  • Sex Offender Supervision
  • Specialty Courts: Bridges, Pathways, Drug Court, Veteran's Treatment Court, Military Diversion, Restitution Court and DUI Court
  • Pretrial
  • Reentry and Unified Reentry
  • Targeted Risk Assessment Cognitive Engagement (TRACE) Program
  • Narcotics Task Force
  • Court Work Program

Overview

The Adult and Realignment Services Division contributes to the County’s Shared Vision commitment to ensure public safety by reducing crime in our neighborhoods and providing seamless coordinated services to residents. The division has two distinct service areas: Court services and Supervision services. Court services consist of the Investigation unit which has responsibility for providing thorough, timely, and impartial information to the Superior Court. The Supervision services units provides offender accountability through the enforcement of court-ordered probation conditions.
This division also serves the AB 109 population the County’s re-entry efforts, the Pretrial unit and other specialized probation supervision programs that include the Bridges Program, Pathways, Drug Court, the Veteran’s Treatment Court, and the newly formed Military Diversion Court. AB 109 transfers responsibility for supervising inmates convicted of specific low-level crimes and parolees from the State to counties. The key role of Probation under realignment is post-release case management and supervision of these offenders by creating the Post-Release Community Supervision (PRCS) Unit. Included in the PRCS caseload are those released from prison and new, locally sentenced, offenders who are given split sentences referred to as “County Prison” commitments with subsequent Mandatory Supervision (MS). Probation assesses the risk and needs of offenders, links them to appropriate services, and monitors compliance with court conditions.
Reentry is a County-coordinated program through the partnership of many agencies to assist people incarcerated in the County jail in re-entering their community through substance abuse and mental health treatment. One Probation Officer is assigned to assist those in custody who have a sentence which can be modified to a residential treatment program by finding an appropriate program for them. The Pretrial unit makes recommendations for or against defendants being released on Supervised Own Recognizance to the Court based on Sheriff’s Office interviews and our own verifications. The Bridges Program, Pathways, Drug Court and Veteran’s Treatment are relapse prevention programs. Clients in these programs are referred to one or more community-based treatment programs or to county/federal agencies.
Deputy Probation Officers (DPOs) within the division administer an evidence-based risk assessment tool called the Correctional Assessment and Intervention System (CAIS), developed by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD). This tool is used to assess the different levels of supervision based on risk strategies to re-offend. With the results of the risk assessment, DPOs develop individualized case plans, through the CePlanning module that address the offenders' criminogenic needs.

Percent of Adult Offenders Completing Probation without new sustained law violations remains steady


Percent of reports submitted to the Court within established time frames remains steady


Percent of Realignment Offenders without new felony law violations remains steady

Percent of actual field compliance checks made with high risk offenders remains steady

FY 2017-18 Mid Year Story Behind Performance

The Adult Services division continues its work of providing services to the courts through sentencing and treatment recommendations as well as supervision of adult offenders in the community. In this time period, the division merged with the Realignment and Reentry services division and assumed supervision of AB109, reentry, collaborative courts and pretrial clients.This report presents a consistent pattern of exceeding the division’s performance measure targets. The division continues to work closely with County and community partners to effectively conduct its work. Since the last reporting period, the division has implemented a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Court, staffed with three Deputy Probation Officers, supported by a Probation Services Manager and two Legal Office Specialists. DUI Court is a collaborative program service 2nd and 3rd misdemeanor conviction DUI cases, that meet certain eligibility requirements. DUI court will provide this participants with a team who can link them to needed treatment and support services which previously, were not provided as a part of the DUI process, along with intensive probation supervision.

Percent of Adult Offenders Completing Probation without New Sustained Law Violations
The percent of adult offenders completing probation without new sustained law violations remains steady. This could be a reflection of the effectiveness of risk-based supervision, through the CAIS tool. Deputy Probation Officers (DPOs) work with all their clients to develop a case plan to ensure that their criminogenic needs are addressed, as identified in CAIS. DPOs make referrals to appropriate programs and resources that will help with their rehabilitation to become more productive members of the community.This measure does not include the AB109 population.

Percent of Realignment offenders with new felony law violations
Overall, the division is poised to meet its performance measure target by year end reporting. In this reporting period, the PRCS unit continues to fully utilize Social Solutions/Efforts to Outcomes to track clients that are classified under AB109. Realignment and Reentry Services continues its collaboration through the unified reentry plan with Service Connect as well as its work with the specialty collaborative courts

Percent of Actual Field Compliance Checks Made with High Risk Offenders Remains Exceeds target
The division is poised to meet is target for the number of successful contacts with high risk offenders for field visits and task force operations. In this reporting period, there is limited data available because of the launch of the new case management system, but more data will be available for year end reporting. The division continues to conduct its own as well as participate in regional task force operations to ensure client compliance with their conditions of probation.


Future Priorities

  • Continue to use evidence based assessment tool to supervise offenders according to risk level
  • Expand the current cognitive behavior therapy curriculum to include all adult offenders
  • Train Deputy Probation Officers on evidence based motivation interviewing and the use of graduated sanctions
  • Ensure that eligible offenders are placed in appropriate alternatives to custody in a timely manner
  • Track and measure client outcomes in ETO/Social Solutions to ensure continued reduction in recidivism


Author: Noelle Vergara, Management Analyst     Contact Email: nvergara@smcgov.org     Last Updated: 01/26/2018